PSNI appeal for information after paramilitary-style shooting ‘by appointment’ - ‘this is totally barbaric and must stop’
Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a paramilitary style assault in the Hazelwood Avenue area of west Belfast on Tuesday night (June 16th).
Detective Sergeant Eric Fairfield said: “We received a report at around 10:30pm from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, that a man had been shot in the leg in the Hazelwood Avenue area of west Belfast.
“The victim, who is in his 30s was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries to his leg.
“We believe at this time that the shooting was by appointment and that the man had been ordered to attend this location to be shot. This is totally barbaric and must stop.
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“No-one deserves to have this happen to them and there is absolutely no justification for an attack like this in our communities.
“We must all work together to bring those responsible to justice and to stop this from happening to anyone else.
“Our enquiries are at an early stage, however, we are treating this as a paramilitary-style attack and I want to appeal to anyone who has information which may assist our investigation to pick up the phone and tell us what you know.
“If you have any information which may assist with our enquiries, please contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 2181 of 16/06/20. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has condemned the shooting of a man in the Colin area of West Belfast and has made an “appeal for calm at this time in the area”. He asked that anyone with information bring it to the PSNI.
He said: “Actions like this have no place in our community and I repeat my condemnation of those involved.
“At a time when all frontline statutory agencies and indeed communities are doing what they can to fight against Covid-19 this just adds to the suffering unfortunately being experienced by local people at this time.”
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